Yoga for veterinarians

It finally happened.

I had dreamed but never thought I’d be able to teach yoga on VIN (Veterinary Information Network).  I just finished presenting an on-line course to 80+ veterinarians (with more that will view the recording later).  My motto is I’m just a small animal vet, living her yoga and still very much a work in progress.  I wanted to show others how they could do it too.

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Teaching yoga to veterinarians

I completed week two of my veterinary acupuncture course (more to come on that in another post) in early December.  During week 1, I offered to teach a 30 minute Gentle Flow yoga class to any of the forty or so veterinarians participating.   I knew that I needed to move around before settling into a whole day of learning and hoped some would feel the same.  Nine hours of combined sitting and standing can wear a body out.  The group fluctuated between 6-8 regulars, so I kept the classes going the next time we were in training.  No commitments.  Didn’t matter if they’d done yoga before or not.

I’ve had several “yoga firsts” from this experience.

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That dull ache in my back

I feel like a voodoo doll and someone has stuck pins into my low back.  Having chronic low grade cramps, due to PMS.  Happens for 2 weeks out of every month and it tires me out.  It’s been like this for the last 5-6 years now.  Not that it’s really bad or anything.  It just takes me down a notch.  I realize that I should be expecting aches and pains as I’m getting older.  Just to make sure, I’ve had this all checked out medically.  Now I’ve just gotta deal with it.

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Final Class for Yoga School

Yoga shala started earlier than usual and Dianne was determined that we stay on schedule.  We needed to take a group photo, write a test, practice yoga, do some kirtan chanting and share in a final feast.  Seemed like an overwhelming to-do list but it all worked out.  I think that time stood still for us that day…or a least we hoped it would.  This was our last class together.

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